Today someone asked me, “Have you been losing weight?” I laughed and said, “I really don’t know because I don’t weigh myself.”
This really got me thinking. What if I don’t want to lose weight? What if my goal is to gain muscle and slim down? Why do we care so much about a number?
We need to come together and make a change. Instead of asking ‘Have you lost weight?’ let’s ask ‘Have you been lifting weights?’ I can guarantee this will make the other person feel more confident. It will let them know that it’s obvious they are looking stronger.
I think we are at the point where everyone knows the advantages weight lifting brings, so let’s start to put more emphasis on weights, rather than weight.
I have never disclosed my weight on my blog or on any form of social media for this very reason. I don’t feel like it’s necessary. From August of 2010 to February 2012, I lost seventy-two pounds. Since then I have gained back twenty to twenty-five of those pounds (depending on the day). It has taken a long time for me to accept the fact that I may never get back down to that weight. I’m trying to train myself, as well, that the number does not matter.
Here is my proof. Would you believe me if I told you I weigh twenty pounds more in the photo on the right?
Well, I do. The photo on the left was taken in 2012, when I was at my lowest. The BIG difference here is not weight but weights.
I have a feeling I will have to come back and read my own words in times of doubt.